Wimbledon packed for British ties
Wimbledon is full to capacity with fans being told to stop queuing as thousands piled in early in the hope of seeing a bonanza of British tennis.
But there was early disappointment with Laura Robson losing to former world number one Maria Sharapova in two sets, despite taking an early 4-1 lead in the first set.
Five hundred tickets were made available for each of the main courts - Centre, One and Two.
The £68 tickets were quickly snapped up by fans desperate to see world number four Andy Murray return to Centre Court against Croatian Ivan Ljubicic after being relegated from it on Wednesday.
Britain's number one lady, Elena Baltacha faced Chinese player Shuai Peng, but lost in a thrilling three-set round-two battle.
With such a rush, Wimbledon officials said it was the busiest they had seen it all week and the earliest they had called time on the queue. By 10am fans outside were told they would not get in until 5pm. Shortly afterwards late-comers to the queue were told they had no chance.
Former British number one Tim Henman said it was "brilliant" that the public were so behind the trio.
He said: "It's fantastic everyone's really behind them. It's brilliant. It is special for the homegrown players."
An SW19 spokesman said: "This is the longest queue and earliest it has finished by miles."